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    Default Digging Deeper Into AMD's UVD Code Drop

    Phoronix: Digging Deeper Into AMD's UVD Code Drop

    Yesterday it was exclusively announced on Phoronix that AMD was releasing open-source UVD code so that their open-source Linux graphics driver can finally benefit from GPU hardware-accelerated video playback. Here's some more details...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTM0MjA

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    Default Great but

    This is really great and makes AMD more attractive to me to!

    But they need to get better at publishing changelogs, and support the latest X.Org Server releases.

    It really bothers me a lot that it takes months for AMD to get a driver to support the latest X.Org Server release, every time!

    It really bothers me that they are holding back progress by forcing distributions to ship old X.Org releases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uid313 View Post
    This is really great and makes AMD more attractive to me to!

    But they need to get better at publishing changelogs, and support the latest X.Org Server releases.

    It really bothers me a lot that it takes months for AMD to get a driver to support the latest X.Org Server release, every time!

    It really bothers me that they are holding back progress by forcing distributions to ship old X.Org releases.
    Why does it make it more attractive to you, if you're going to use the proprietary driver anyway?

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    Quote Originally Posted by r1348 View Post
    Why does it make it more attractive to you, if you're going to use the proprietary driver anyway?
    makes them more attractive to me because I don't feel like I have to use proprietary driver now. though better pm will shift me even further

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    Quote Originally Posted by r1348 View Post
    Why does it make it more attractive to you, if you're going to use the proprietary driver anyway?
    Because I like having options.
    I am currently on a Nvidia card and for a long time I've used the proprietary driver, but lately I've been using the open source driver which works great for me, and it even works for the old game I play, however for newer games it doesn't work so well. So if I were to go play some new games, I can go back to the proprietary driver.

    So if I was on AMD card, I would first try go with the open source driver, but it if wasn't good, I would like the option to use the proprietary driver.

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    This is good news for all FLOSS driver users. Its no-good news for all Catalyst users :| as apps now will double down on VDPAU (not as if Catalyst alternative was good, but..)

    And we may not see Catalyst adopting VDPAU

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    Default To blob or not to blob, that is the question

    I am not afraid to admit that the totality of what has happened in the last two days is not totally 100% clear to me.

    This UVD code drop, how open is open? Yesterday's announcement made it seem as if UVD is now out in the open once and for all. But here today, Michael is talking about microblobs.

    Don't get me wrong, I think this is all great and I have nothing but love for what AMD has done, I'm just curious as to what these microblobs are for if UVD is now indeed open source material. Is that nothing more than the remaining Digital Rights Management garbage?

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    Quote Originally Posted by przemoli View Post
    This is good news for all FLOSS driver users. Its no-good news for all Catalyst users :| as apps now will double down on VDPAU (not as if Catalyst alternative was good, but..)

    And we may not see Catalyst adopting VDPAU
    Too bad, so sad. Binary crap can burn in hell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by uid313 View Post
    This is really great and makes AMD more attractive to me to!

    But they need to get better at publishing changelogs, and support the latest X.Org Server releases.
    The changelogs are reported in all the nitty gritty details you can possibly consume right here. You can also read the source code.

    It really bothers me a lot that it takes months for AMD to get a driver to support the latest X.Org Server release, every time!
    Don't know what kind of drugs you're on, but same microsecond support for the latest xorg release is pretty damned good if you ask me.

    It really bothers me that they are holding back progress by forcing distributions to ship old X.Org releases.
    See previous response.

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    Don't know what kind of drugs you're on, but same microsecond support for the latest xorg release is pretty damned good if you ask me.


    See previous response.
    he's referring to Catalyst. nvidia official driver typically has same-week support of xorg servers. catalyst can lag behind by weeks or even months. in the meantime those users are stuck on the last supported release.

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